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JackandBarb - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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Jack and Barb
City: Encinitas
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Apr 28th, 2011
Trip Distance: 109.6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,759
Journal Visits: 387,859
Guestbook Views: 167,248
Guestbook Entrys: 482

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The Contest Update

We have 6 winners!

The contest is over - You are out of time! -

The correct answer was mile1310 on the 4th of July.

Congratulations to our
Contest Winners!

Ric from Renton, WA

Amanda B. from Hertfordshire, England (Mandy, you're killing us! It cost a buck 40 in postage!)

Mike P. - Pittsboro, NC

Pfeiffer B. from Palm Springs (she is on the thru this year too)

Julie K from Los Olivos, CA

Jeff E from La Mesa, CA

The problem seemed to be most easily solved by running a spreadsheet with BB and TTK in the first column, starting on day one at 110 (and factoring in zeros) and Malto starting some 22 days later in column two, at zero. Most everyone picked up the fact that our paths would cross on the exact day when we were zeroing out (hey, July 4th is a holiday, man!). And one entry said that we would not meet as BB and TTK would be lollygagging around a hot spring or something (this could be true). One of our friends (Joth) used his obscure email address and an alias as Riley the Wonderdog and had us fooled. So we sent him a prize anyway for creativity.

Remember Scott? He's our friend who hiked with us for two days last week and he was part of the Boo-Boo's big Boo Boo episode (his car was at Lake Morena too - fortunately, at the last minute, Jack remembered to ask Scott for his car keys before we jumped in Chuck and Gina's car) Oh, and watch for Scott in the Silly KO movie coming very soon to a theater near you! He has a cameo appearance as a pizza delivery guy. We digress. Scott submitted a very elegant solution to the problem (he already has a prize) - we will repeat his solution here:

Scott: Well, even though I am inelgible, I can't resist a good puzzle so I just had to take a crack at this. Here's my thinking:

1. JnB (oops, BB and TTK) will average 200 mi per 11 days or 18.18 miles per day

2. After Y days, BB & TTK will have covered 18.18 * Y miles

3. But wait, you have already done 110 miles, so after Y days, it's (18.18 * Y) + 110 (Y starting on 4/30)

4. Also you are starting 22 days earlier than Malto, so you have another 440 miles on him.

5. So, after Y days, BB & TTK will have covered (18.18 * Y) + 550 miles ( Y starting on 5/22 when Malto starts)

6. For Malto, it's a lot simpler. He'll have covered 30 * Y miles after Y days - again Y starts on 5/22

7. Let's assume Malto averages 3.0 MPH including stops, hiking from 0630 to 4:30 each day

8. When do you meet? That's when #5 = #6, or 18.18 * Y + 550 = 30 * Y

9. Solve for Y and you get 43.147 days (from May 22) (Note, Math lesson: To solve for Y, you move the 18.18 Y over to the other side, ie: 30 Y -18.18Y = 550)

10. 43.6 days times Malto's 30 miles per day equals mile 1310 plus change

11. That means you will meet at mile 1310 on July 4th - Happy Independence Day!

Why Scott's answer didn't match the other one was a mystery until just now when TKK saw the error.

We were in Bangkok a few years ago and saw the lady riding on the back of a motorcycle. On the back of her t-shirt read "WHO CARE"

So, Enough of this. We have better things to do, like finish loading food boxes with respective map packs, ibuprophen packets, tp packets etc then sticking on the labels.

All our gear is packed - we will not have time to list it today but will try to get a gear list up eventually

Tomorrow we are heading to the KO for the day and we are anxious to get back on the trail, so we will likely be heading up Section B on Saturday

Remember, the best way to see where we are is to check the "Last Spot Location" in the box above - We will try to upload a signal evey evening (tree coverage permitting)

Set your alarm clock!

At midnight tomorrow (Pacific Daylight Time),

the worldwide premier of our movie

"JnB on the PCT"

will be released

Right here on Postholer!

We can see the lines forming already!

Oh, almost forgot. What was the "Cooler than a Cracker Jack Prize," you wonder? (see the images above)

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